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Before Israel

Wayne T. Pitard

in The Oxford History of the Biblical World

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780195139372
Published online April 2009 |
Before Israel

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This chapter explores the ancestral narratives in Genesis 12-50 and considers their relationship to the history of Israel. It then looks at the wider history of Syria- Palestine from the late third millennium to 1200 BCE, exploring the historical and cultural milieu in which Israel was born. The chapter concludes by examining aspects of second-millennium culture that illuminate some of the ancestral traditions that Genesis preserves.

Keywords: Genesis; biblical history; Syria; Palestine; Bronze Age; Mesopotamia; Canaan; Egypt; Israelites

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Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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